Creek downs Beaver

WINTERSVILLE — Winning is fun, and the Indian Creek boys basketball team is having a lot of it.

The Redskins stayed perfect on the season, improving to 5-0 with a hard-fought 47-38 win over Buckeye 8 foe Beaver Local Friday night.

“We have a nice group of seniors,” Indian Creek coach Joe Dunlevy said. “You can see how they battle. It’s been a fun year so far, not just because we have won, but because they care and they give it everything they’ve got.

“It feels pretty good to be 5-0. I don’t know when the last time we were 5-0 was. We’re having a lot of fun with this group.”

Michael Allan continued his strong start to the season with a game-high 16 points. Three of his seven buckets came on highlight-reel dunks.

He got free behind everyone on two occasions in the fourth. The first slam came early in the final quarter to make it 40-28, Indian Creek’s biggest lead to that point. The second made it 44-30 with a minute to go.

“That was execution by all five guys on the floor,” Dunlevy said of getting Allan open. “They got the guy open and he was able to take care of it.”

Indian Creek got off to a fast start, scoring the first eight points of the game and eventually leading 11-2 after the first quarter.

“We were playing catch up the whole time,” Beaver Local coach Jason Pacanowski said. “Our guys fought and never quit. They just have to continue to learn to play against pressure.

“Indian Creek is a good team that is well-coached and going to win a lot of games.”

Micheal Allan had four of his six first half points in the opening eight minutes, including a slam dunk that capped the initial scoring run.

The second quarter, though, was much more even as was the rest of the game. The Beavers (1-3) outscored the Redskins 9-8 in the second eight minutes to narrow the Indian Creek advantage to 19-11 at the break.

After Beaver Local cut that lead to 25-22 in the third, the Redskins pushed the advantage back to double figures with a Austin Judson 3-pointer at the third quarter buzzer to make it 34-24.

In the fourth, the lead never got below four as the Redskins held on to win.

“We gutted it our,” Dunlevy said. “We had to. That’s is absolutely what we expect in Buckeye 8 games. The kids give it everything they’ve got in these games. It’s fun to play in this league.”

Both teams stay in Buckeye 8 play on Tuesday. Indian Creek hosts East Liverpool, while Beaver Local travels to Edison.

Beaver Local won the jayvee contest, 47-18. Ethan Agnew had 12 points to lead the Beavers. Indian Creek was led by five points from Isaiah Vandine.

BEAVER: 2-9-13-14 — 38

I. CREEK: 11-8-15-13 — 47

BEAVER LOCAL (1-3): Barber 1 2-2 4; Chetolk 3 2-2 10; Joseph 2 0-1 4; Hilditch 3 2-3 9; Reed 4 1-2 9; Kiddey 0 0-0 0; Hall 1 0-3 2; Braham 0 0-0 0; Cunningham 0 0-0 0; Pappas 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 14 7-13 38.

INDIAN CREEK (5-0): Lucas 1 0-1 2; Allan 7 2-4 16; Norris 1 2-2 4; Eakle 3 1-2 7; Mamula 2 1-2 5; Judson 5 2-4 13; Vandine 0 0-0 0; Morris 0 0-0 0; Hilderbrand 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 19 8-15 47.

3-POINT GOALS: Beaver Local 3 (Chetolk 2, Hilditch); Indian Creek 1 (Judson). ASSISTS: Beaver Local 12 (Barber 4); Indian Creek 15 (Allan 5, Judson 5). REBOUNDS: Beaver Local 15 (Reed 5); Indian Creek 19 (Eakle 4, Mamula 4, Judson 4). TURNOVERS: Beaver Local 21; Indian Creek 17.